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  •  Does anyone know (0+ / 0-)

    what is going on with that house district? Is there a Repub lined up already? Do we have a canidate?

    •  FL-13 (1+ / 0-)
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      There are a few Republicans running and the same two Dems as last time. One of the Dems ran against Harris before and lost, even though Harris was unpopular.

      The Republicans are probably going to keep this seat, but it could go to the Dems. One Republican in particular is raising tons and tons of money.

      It'll be hard to compete with that.

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      by MikeInFlorida on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 06:43:48 PM PST

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      •  What about District 8? (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm curious about Florida's 8th district as Charlie Stuart is fundraising at a good clip (even if you discount his personal funds he's still raised over $200,000) to go up against Ric Keller.  I know the 8th has Orlando in it, is there any chance that this could be competitive?

        "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

        by Mister Gloom on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 06:47:47 PM PST

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        •  It is competitive (0+ / 0-)

          But still leaning Republican. I really like Stuart, from what I've read. There was an interview with him on CQ's website recently that was really great. He said that when Keller got elected he was a "nobody" and that Keller's only claim to fame was the Cheeseburger bill.

          The guy is a tough, straight-talking moderate. My favorite kind of Democrat.

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          by MikeInFlorida on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 06:51:13 PM PST

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    •  Three candidates for the Democrats (3+ / 0-)
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      The Democrats in the race are 02/04 nominee Jan Schneider, banker and '04 candidate Christine Jennings (the fundraising leader for the Dems), and AIDS activist Mike Lefevers (a bit of a longshot).

      The leading Republicans in the race are ex-Sarasota County GOP chair/banker Tramm Hudson and auto dealer/GOP fundraiser Vern Buchanan with State Rep. Nancy Detert being the third wheel.  As of the close of the fourth quarter of '05 Jennings had $305,941 on hand compared to $626,817 on hand for Buchanan and $429,766 for Hudson (Hudson and Buchanan are having a competitive primary as Buchanan has actually raised over a million with Hudson having raised over $512,000).

      "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

      by Mister Gloom on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 06:46:02 PM PST

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      •  No wonder (0+ / 0-)

        you're "Mister Gloom." Good luck with all that, you folks down there. Yikes.

        •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

          In FL we have real problems with our candidates not having enough money.

          (Not that any campaign ever feels they have too much of it. But we especially have that problem.)

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          by MikeInFlorida on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 07:00:47 PM PST

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          •  For what its worth though (0+ / 0-)

            >>In FL we have real problems with our candidates not having enough money.
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            It's getting better though as Charlie Stuart is at least keeping close to Keller in the 8th, Klein is actually outraising Shaw in current funds (and even cash on hand difference is fairly small percentage wise) in 22, Jennings is competitive with anyone but Buchanan in 13, and Mahoney isn't doing horrible against Foley in the 16th (and as a venture capitalist he probably has the ability to draw on more than $100,000 of his own cash if he want to).  So its better than it was in '04 at the same point (when Jan Schneide and Stork were pretty much it for high funding, and how did Wayne Hogan spend $4 million in 2002 and only get 40%?).

            "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

            by Mister Gloom on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 07:19:24 PM PST

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            •  Ever think about (0+ / 0-)

              starting up a Florida political blog? If you needed help getting started, I'd be happy to lend a hand.

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              by MikeInFlorida on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 07:24:37 PM PST

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              •  Not in or from Florida (0+ / 0-)

                I'm a Michigan boy.  But I follow fairly closely the swing states and any potential swing states because they tend to decide control of things (besides which, Michigan has darn few interesting political races set for 2006 so I have time to follow other states).  If someone sets one up let me know as I'm interested in the upcoming elections.

                "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

                by Mister Gloom on Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 07:37:17 PM PST

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    •  FL-13 (0+ / 0-)

      There are 3 Repugs in the primary and 3 Dems...all 3 of the Democrats make attractive candidates: Christine Jennings, Jan Schneider and Mike LaFevers. Jan Schneider was the opposition in '04 and pulled 44.7% of the vote.

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